RALEIGH, N.C., July 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Elster Solutions has released a new version of its REXUniversal® meter that further enhances the smart meter line's interoperability and interchangeability with other smart grid vendors. This version incorporates point-to-point cellular communications technology which greatly expands the number of rural and remote residential utility customers who can be served by smart meters and modern smart grid systems.
As the world's first integrated universal meter platform, the REXUniversal opens the smart grid playing field with capability to support smart grid systems from numerous vendors. With the addition of cellular support, the Elster REXUniversal meter now operates on cellular as well as mesh AMI networks. Plans are in place to expand support via Elster's open communications architecture for a growing list of third-party communications technologies. Verizon (CDMA) and AT&T (GSM) cellular networks are supported with this release.
"There are multiple benefits of the REXUniversal meter," said Mark Fronmuller, President, Elster Solutions. "It is a big step toward our goal of giving our customers new opportunities to save time and money via networks that interoperate as a single, integrated AMI. Our vision is a world where utilities have the ultimate in flexibility, security and cost savings through the ability to switch between mesh, cellular and multiple head ends as their needs, budgets and smart grid plans evolve."
Elster delivers complete Smart Grid and Energy Management Solutions that drive energy efficiency, operational improvements and cost savings for utilities, commercial and industrial customers and consumers. Elster uses its speed and agility to drive interoperability and open standards and strategically collaborates with customers and partners.
Its end-to-end electricity, water and gas offerings include advanced meters/sensors, secure communications, and data collection, management and analytics. Elster is dedicated to customer success in more than 130 countries through Elster's professional integration services, technical support and training.